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Nintendo Announces 2 new 3DS systems coming this fall including regular sized New Nintendo 3DS with cover plates

Other GameStop Manager Conference Announcements Include amiibo Cards and Wii Remote Plus Controllers

REDMOND, Wash., Aug. 31, 2015 – At the GameStop Managers Conference in Las Vegas, Nintendo announced that the New Nintendo 3DS system will launch in the U.S. as part of a special bundle on Sept. 25. The bundle includes the new hand-held system, the upcoming Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer game, two cover plates and one amiibo card at a suggested retail price of $219.99. The more compact New Nintendo 3DS system joins New Nintendo 3DS XL, which has been available since Feb. 13.

In addition, a Hyrule Edition New Nintendo 3DS XL system will launch exclusively in GameStop stores on Oct. 30 at a suggested retail price of $199.99, just in time for the launch of The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes (sold separately) on Oct. 23. The system is gold-colored and features an intricate Hylian Crest on the front.

Other news revealed at the GameStop Conference included the debut of three new Wii Remote Plus controllers inspired by classic Mushroom Kingdom characters Bowser, Toad and Yoshi.

“More than 15 million systems in the Nintendo 3DS family have been sold in the U.S. alone,” said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing. “These new models offer additional fun ways to experience some of the great upcoming Nintendo 3DS games launching in the next few months.”

New Nintendo 3DS incorporates all the same enhanced features as the New Nintendo 3DS XL system, including a wider range of controls, face-tracking 3D and built-in NFC functionality that allows for communication with amiibo figures. The compact system also features interchangeable cover plates that can be easily swapped out to change the look of the device*. Two cover plates inspired by Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer are included in the bundle.

Various amiibo cards launch with the Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designergame on Sept. 25. Tapping compatible amiibo cards while playing Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer is a way to meet favorite Animal Crossing characters with their separate personalities and design requests in the game. People who own the Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo 3DS XL or Nintendo 2DS systems can still use the cards to enjoy Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer by purchasing the Nintendo 3DS NFC Reader/Writer accessory at a suggested retail price of $19.99. The wireless accessory also launches on Sept. 25 and allows players to enjoy amiibo figures and cards on all other systems in the Nintendo 3DS family.

Joining previously released Wii Remote Plus controllers themed after Mario, Luigi and Princess Peach, three new controllers inspired by Bowser, Toad and Yoshi will launch exclusively at GameStop at a suggested retail price of $39.99 each. The Bowser and Toad controllers will launch alongside the Super Mario Maker game for the Wii U console on the 11th of September, while the Yoshi version will hop on the back of the Yoshi’s Woolly World launch on Oct. 16. Wii Remote Plus includes Wii MotionPlus technology, and works with all Wii and Wii U games that are compatible with Wii Remote controllers.

Bowser, the newest member of the Photos with Mario series of Nintendo eShop Cards, is coming this fall – exclusively at GameStop. Customers can add $10 to their Nintendo eShop accounts and get the new Bowser AR card at no additional cost. With the Bowser AR card, players can use their Nintendo 3DS systems to play and pose with Bowser and other Mushroom Kingdom characters in the free Photos with Mario app.

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*A #0 crosshead screwdriver (sold separately) is required to remove and attach cover plates on the New Nintendo 3DS system.

Posted on September 1, 2015 and filed under News.

"We didn't want to be limited in the scope of what we can do based on what Animal Crossing in the past has been"

In an extensive interview with USGamer, Animal Crossing series director Aya Kyogoku talked about the two new Animal Crossing games, amiibo integration, and what she hopes to accomplish with these new spin-off Animal Crossing games.

On how the new games fit with the rest of the series:

Both Happy Home Designer and Amiibo Festival are spinoffs of the Animal Crossing series, and that's what we're developing them as. One thing that we focused on was, "What kind of game play experience can we create using Amiibo figures and Amiibo cards?" We also went in with the approach that we didn't want to be limited in the scope of what we can do based on what Animal Crossing in the past has been. So this is the result of our endeavor and coming up with a new game play experience with Amiibos and Animal Crossing.

On how amiibo Festival differs from Mario Party:

One of the main tenets of Mario Party is that you're playing a board game and in between those board game moves, you play a mini-game and compete, and that's a focus. For Animal Crossing, the focus is actually playing the board game within the village of Animal Crossing, so it's not really focused on the mini games.

On the core tenet of communication in Animal Crossing moving forward:

As we continue to develop the series, I think it will depend at that time on what hardware or system is available, what type of game play will be fun at that time. We will have an open and free mind to really think about what would be best. As far as Happy Home Designer and Amiibo Festival, these are different approaches that we took, but it doesn't necessarily dictate the direction that the Animal Crossing series will be going forward. This is just another set of experiences that we will be able to dip into as we try to evolve and think of great ideas that work for the times for whatever title comes out in the series. One thing that won't change is the idea of communication that through the game play of Animal Crossing, we can encourage communicating across players. That's something that we will always hold as important as we build Animal Crossing around it.

via USGamer

Posted on July 10, 2015 and filed under News.

Animal Crossing: amiibo Festival demo analysis

I know that we all have questions about what exactly this game will be. Nintendo Treehouse demoed the game, and from it we can tell a few things about the game:

  • there will be turnip trading
  • there are other things to do in the game besides the board game
  • each turn of the game advances the calendar a day
  • events like the bug off occur on specific days of the month
  • houses designed for characters in Animal Crossing Happy Home Designer will be imported into the AC amiibo Festival if you use their amiibo card
  • animal visitors to the town will give opportunities to interact with them if you land on specific spaces, eg. Katie, Redd and others.
  • a board game design allows for families to play and interact with Animal Crossing together, rather than the single player experience of traditional Animal Crossing games
  • gyroids on the board will stamp your paper as you pass
  • "It's worth mentioning again that this is just one part of Animal Crossing amiibo festival, the board game is part of what you can play, it's the only thing we're able to talk about and show right now. There is more to Animal Crossing amiibo festival that we'll hopefully be able to talk about at a later date... when we're allowed."

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Posted on June 18, 2015 and filed under Article.

What a great Nintendo Direct! Watch it again!

Did you catch the Nintendo Direct yesterday? Being shown at 6pm Eastern time, I was able to sit down and watch it during dinnertime with my family. We're most looking forward to Splatoon and the Animal Crossing characters and track DLC in Mario Kart 8.

00:00 Mewtwo Strikes Back
02:10 Super Smash Bros. Update
03:22 Lucas Comes Out of Nowhere
06:30 Super Smash Bros. amiibo
07:31 amiibo Tap: Nintendo's Greatest Bits
09:00 Mario Maker
12:05 Yoshi's Woolly World
13:29 Yoshi's Woolly World amiibo
14:17 Splatoon
15:45 Splatoon amiibo
16:34 Nintendo 64 and Nintendo DS come to Wii U Virtual Console 
18:04 Adventures of Pip
18:39 Octodad: Dadliest Catch
19:23 Mutant Mudds Super Challence
19:49 Don't Starve Giant Edition
20:31 Coming Soon to the Nintendo eShop
22:30 Shin Megami Tensei x Fire Emblem
24:44 Fatal Frame for Wii U
25:26 BOXBOY!
25:32 Pokemon Rumble World
27:46 Puzzle and Dragons Z + Puzzle and Dragons Super Mario Edition
30:19 Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains
31:03 Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. Update and Tournaments
32:23 StreetPass Mii Plaza Ultimate Angler and Battleground Z
33:38 StreetPass Mii Plaza Premium
34:28 Xenoblade Chronicles 3D
37:14 Fire Emblem
41:05 Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer and amiibo Cards
42:47 Mario Kart 8 Animal Crossing DLC
45:04 Mario Kart 8 Additional Mii Racing Suits 
45:28 200cc is Here! 

Posted on April 2, 2015 and filed under gamerparent tv.

Animal Crossing Monster Hunter Vacation

So I'm here on vacation up by the lake, and of the many times I've been here, this is the first time we've had 3DS's to bring with us. Needless to say, Animal Crossing New Leaf and Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate made the trip with me as well.

Here's some quick hits I found interesting this week:

- Pikmin 3 video Review for Families at Family Gamer TV

- "Animal Crossing is Nintendo's clandestine answer to Facebook" on Kill Screen

- "Attack of the Friday Monsters, I'm in love" a review of the Guild 5 3DS game on joystiq

- Nintendo offers up to $10 coupon when you fill up your Wii U eShop balance with $100

- Initial "The Wonderful 101" official website launches, full site coming soon

Posted on July 23, 2013 and filed under News.

So Animal Crossing New Leaf happened

That's ACNL for short, for you hipsters.

"So, what happened to posting on the blog?"


"Have you been playing Monster Hunter much lately?"

"Not really, mostly ACNL."

If there was a game that would get me off Monster Hunter it's Animal Crossing. And New Leaf has got the right mix of game with online and friends list things going on that it's keeping me very interested. Of course my daughter is into it as well, so I try to help her town along as well, that's kind of fun. It's really the first game we've played together as such.

There's an interesting article today about how Pokemon and 3DS might distract families away from the Wii U this holiday over at notenoughshaders by Emily Rogers. I submit that this is already happening with Animal Crossing.

I hope the numbers are huge for Nintendo this month because of Animal Crossing. It would be a good boost for the company. If it takes the 3DS to carry the company for a while until the Wii U gets its house in order, then so be it.


Posted on June 28, 2013 and filed under Article.

Animal Crossing 3DS XL Case is gorgeous

For the Animal Crossing fan in your life

Having recently acquired a pink 3DS XL for my daughter, I'm looking for the perfect case for her. She insisted that it be a clear case, after all, why get pink if you're just going to cover it up? I tend to agree. I also know that she loves Animal Crossing, so I did a little searching this morning and came up with these beauties from Keys Factory in Japan. They are available through for those of us not living in Japan.

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Body Cover for 3DS LL Doubutsu no Mori (Type A) (Nintendo 3DS LL / XL)
Body Cover for 3DS LL Doubutsu no Mori (Type B) (Nintendo 3DS LL / XL)

Posted on February 23, 2013 and filed under News.

I'll make a gamer out of you yet, my pretties!

Last month, at our annual New Years Day brunch at a friend's house, I noticed an interesting occurrence. My oldest daughter was sitting on the couch, happily playing Skylanders with the younger kids of our host. She had never played it before, but she was getting the hang of it, more or less.

This is a marked difference from even just a few years eariler, where she either would have a) not been interested, or b) found it too difficult to control and given up. I blame myself. You see, we don't have a PS3 or an Xbox 360, we have a Wii. And so she's grown up with motion control as the norm, and traditional controllers aren't really what she's used to. I'm sure she'll pick it up eventually, not too worried about that.

In a parallel development, she received the first Professor Layton game for Christmas, finished it in about a week, and then got the second Professor Layton a month later for her birthday. She's hooked, as she loves the puzzles, and the cut scenes / storyline. It's right up her 10 year old brain's alley.

It's all part of my plan to make her into a gamer, and I think it's working.

Before Christmas, the DS had been pretty much sitting in a drawer, neglected and forlorn. The kids having exhausted their interest in Pet Shop and Cooking Mama games, had moved on to playing on our i-Devices. This could not stand, I said to myself. That's not real gaming, I protested.

So I hatched a plan. First, I bought Professor Layton. Ostensibly it was for my wife, who also loves that kind of puzzle game, but I knew that my daughter would be interested. She was. Second, I got the NEXT Professor Layton game ready to give to her for her birthday. Third, I ordered a copy of the first issue of Nintendo Force, and left it around for her to read.

In the space of 8 weeks, she's gone from wanting an iPad Mini as a reward for chore points (I give stars instead of cash, redeemable for prizes... each star is worth about $0.25) to wanting a 3DS. A 3DS! Good choice, my offspring, good choice.

When I asked her why she made the change, she said, "I don't know, some of the games look interesting. Well, I want to play the latest Professor Layton, and that game with Layton X Ace Attorney... with all the finger pointing! Oh, and Animal Crossing."

If you end your reason with the words, "Oh, and Animal Crossing" I think you automatically win. QED.

Posted on February 17, 2013 and filed under Article.